Drug-related crime

FILE - In this June 27, 2006 file photo, Jhon Jairo Velasquez, a former hit man for Pablo Escobar, known by his nickname "Popeye," gives his testimony while holding a book titled "The True Pablo, Blood, Treason, and Death," during the trial against Alberto Santofimio Botero in Bogota, Colombia. According to authorities, Velasquez died of stomach cancer at a hospital in Bogota on Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez, File)
February 06, 2020 - 1:49 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former hit man for late drug lord Pablo Escobar who confessed to killing hundreds of people during one of Colombia’s most violent periods died Thursday from cancer, prison authorities said. Jhon Jairo Velásquez, known by his nickname Popeye, died at the National Cancer...
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Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer discusses the case against a California orthopedic surgeon who appeared in a reality TV dating show, at a news conference in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Prosecutors say they will seek dismissal of rape, kidnapping and other charges because there's insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin)
February 04, 2020 - 8:45 pm
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors are dropping charges that a doctor who appeared on a reality TV show and his girlfriend raped and drugged women in California after finding key video evidence never actually existed, an official said Tuesday. Orthopedic surgeon Grant Robicheaux of Newport Beach...
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In this photo made available by the Florida Highway patrol shows confiscated drugs following the arrest of two men Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, Santa Rosa County, Fla. Authorities confiscated methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl. (Florida Highway Patrol via AP)
February 04, 2020 - 2:59 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Two men charged with drug trafficking could have done a better job hiding their wares than using a package labeled “Bag Full of Drugs,” Florida authorities said. Ian Simmons and Joshua Reinhardt, both 34, were pulled over in Santa Rosa County on Saturday after a trooper clocked them...
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FILE - This undated file image provided by the Maryland U.S. District Attorney's Office shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that was in the motion for detention pending trial in the case against Christopher Hasson. The Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and drawing up a hist list of prominent Democrats and TV journalists is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 for his guilty plea to firearms and drug offenses. (Maryland U.S. District Attorney's Office via AP, File)
January 31, 2020 - 8:11 pm
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant accused by prosecutors of being a domestic terrorist intent on committing politically motivated killings inspired by a far-right mass murderer was sentenced Friday to more than 13 years in prison for firearms and drug offenses. Christopher Hasson, 50,...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Netanyahu visited Moscow to discuss the U.S. Mideast peace plan with Putin and take an Israeli woman who had been jailed in Russia back home. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool Photo via AP)
January 30, 2020 - 12:15 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a quick stopover in Moscow on Thursday to brief Russian President Vladimir Putin on the new U.S. proposal for the Middle East and to bring home an Israeli woman who had been jailed on drug charges. Netanyahu told Putin that the visit...
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FILE- In this file photo taken on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Prominent Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, leaves a Investigative Committee building in Moscow, Russia. Russia's Investigative Committee on Wednesday detained five former police officers involved in a controversial drug arrest of a prominent investigative journalist last year. Ivan Golunov, 37, was arrested in June 2019 in Moscow on drug-dealing charges he rejected as a sham. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
January 29, 2020 - 7:23 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Investigative Committee on Wednesday detained five former police officers involved in a controversial drug arrest of a prominent investigative journalist last year and said they will be charged with fabricating evidence. Ivan Golunov, 37, was arrested in June 2019 in Moscow...
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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2017, file photo, Martin Shkreli leaves federal court in New York while on trial for deceiving investors in a pair of failed hedge funds. On Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, New York state and federal authorities sued the imprisoned Shkreli, also known as "Pharma Bro," over business tactics that helped make him the bad-boy face of profiteering in pharmaceuticals, seeking to bar him from the industry for life. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
January 27, 2020 - 8:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — State and federal authorities sued imprisoned entrepreneur Martin Shkreli on Monday over tactics that shielded a profitable drug from competition after a price hike made the so-called “Pharma Bro” infamous. Shkreli was scorned as the bad-boy face of pharmaceuticals profiteering...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2019, file photo, two women smoke cannabis vape pens at a party in Los Angeles. California officials announced Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, that marijuana vape cartridges seized in illegal shops in Los Angeles contained potentially dangerous additives, including a thickening agent blamed for a national outbreak of deadly lung illnesses tied to vaping. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
January 27, 2020 - 7:36 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California officials announced Monday that marijuana vape cartridges seized in illegal shops in Los Angeles contained potentially dangerous additives, including a thickening agent blamed for a national outbreak of deadly lung illnesses tied to vaping. Officials also found that...
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January 27, 2020 - 6:42 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — An international drug operation involving authorities from six countries captured a yacht carrying almost 2 metric tons of cocaine in the middle of an Atlantic storm. Portugal’s navy and air force took part in the seizure, with a street value of more than 70 million euros ($...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, Israeli Naama Issachar gestures during an appeal hearings in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia. Israeli Issachar jailed in Russia on drug charges has submitted a petition to be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin. State news agency Tass reported Sunday that Naama Issachar's lawyer said the request was filed following a statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov that she could not be pardoned without making a personal appeal.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr., File)
January 26, 2020 - 10:42 am
MOSCOW (AP) — An Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges has submitted a petition to be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin. State news agency Tass reported Sunday that Naama Issachar's lawyer said the request was filed following a statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov that she...
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